I have an Airport Extreme.
I have a MacBook Pro.
My wife has a Dell laptop.
We have a Canon MP500 printer.
All was well until about two weeks ago.
Power went out.
Took some Apple tech to walk me through reseting the Airport.
But we haven't been able to get my wife's Dell to print on the Canon printer.
It can't even seem to find it.
What am I doing wrong?
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Re: network printer setup
When you reset a network machine often it will only print for the machine it was rest on, a quirky thing but there it is. Pcs are so temporamental. Just uninstall any traces on your wifes dell, reinstall and reset network settings. All should be well. cheers lilacgerry
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I was told by HP that I could not use USB over a network. I Called Apple support and was hooked up through my Airport Extreme using USB. You want a better solution invest in a Mac. They have the know how and what they are doing. It's like comparing a Model T to a Cadillac when you tout PC's.
Here's what worked for me: I had everything set with my wireless network which included an Airport Extreme base station and two Airport Express units to extend range. I still couldn't plug and play with my printer.
1. You have to plug your printer into the Airport Express, turn it on, then select a document to print from your computer.
2. Select print from the pulldown menu (or select 'command P' on the keyboard).
3. When the print dialog window appears, go to the "Printer:" selection bar near the top of the window and select "print & fax preferences..."
4. This opens a new window, "print & fax." Near the bottom left of this window just below an icon list of your printers are a "+" button and a "-" button right next to each other.
5. Click "+". Yet another window opens which will reveal a list with your printer on it.
6. If you don't see your printer, click the "default" icon in the top left hand corner of the new window.
7. Select your printer, then click "add" on the bottom right hand corner of the window. The window will close automatically and return you to the "print & fax" window.
8. You should now see your printer in the list. You may say, "My printer was already in the list," but that's not good enough. The process you just went through enabled the computer to detect it on your network. You may want to use the "-" button to remove any previously listed printers from the list in the "print & fax" window.
9. Now you should be able to close the "print & fax" window and get some wireless printing done.
MAC address filtering is used to prevent unauthorised people getting access to your wireless network. you need to get into the Airport Extreme configuration using Internet Explorer or any other browser, then select wireless setup then MAC address filtering. You need to turn off MAC address filtering.
Check your manual on how to configure your Airport Extreme.
I had the same problem until recently. You have to install the drivers FROM THE CD that came with the printer, instead of selecting the drivers from the default list. Then, when selecting which printer driver to use (you'll have two options) choose Canon IJ and NOT Canon MX310 series. This is a problem with their MX310 driver, which is solved using a default/generic Canon InkJet (hence, the IJ) driver. Hope this helps!
P.S. This only works on Mac OS X. I have yet to figure out how to print wirelessly through Vista. Will keep you posted.
if the mfc is not that old, take it back to the dealer and ask for changing it to a wireless printer (extension: CW). Do you really need the fax function? If not, try this printer: DCP 750CW. If yes, get the MFC 845 CW.
The CN printer have to be connected directly to router or pc/laptop.